Woman heads to trial in killing of her husband

A Whitewater woman charged in her husband’s slaying is scheduled for trial over 27 days in what could be the longest criminal trial in Mesa County in five years.

Miriam Helmick, 52, entered not guilty pleas Tuesday to 14 felony counts, including first-degree murder, in the June 10, 2008, shooting death of her second husband, Alan Helmick, 51.

The trial will start Nov. 9. Mesa County District Judge Valerie Robison reserved court time through Dec. 18.

A dance instructor who had two husbands die of gunshot wounds to the head, Miriam Helmick allegedly shot Alan Helmick in the head in a staged robbery at the couple’s home at 34999 Siminoe Road in Whitewater. Before that, prosecutors say, Miriam

Helmick researched poisoning and tried to kill Alan Helmick by attempting to blow up his car in April 2008.

Helmick is charged with first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder and 11 counts of felony forgery.

Her first husband, Jack Calloway Giles, died of a gunshot to the head on April 15, 2002, as he was lying in bed with his wife, Miriam Morgan Giles, in Jacksonville, Fla. The case was ruled suicide and cleared by authorities a month later.

Miriam Giles married Alan Helmick in June 2006.

The last criminal case in Mesa County to push one month in court time was Michael Blagg’s 2004 first-degree murder trial, which ran 23 days and ended with Blagg’s conviction in the shooting death of his wife, Jennifer.

Some 500 summonses for jury duty were mailed to local residents prior to Blagg’s trial.

Rose Anne Kelley, Mesa County jury commissioner, said she expects a similar number to be sent prior to Helmick’s trial.


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